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The Lost Battles (Hardback)

Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Art > Renaissance Art

Imprint: Alfred A Knopf
Pages: 320
Illustrations: b/w illus, col pls
ISBN: 9780307594754
Published: 31st May 2012
Casemate UK Academic

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Michelangelo and Leonardo lived five centuries ago, but their works still obsess our culture, with a popular and universal quality that nothing else matches. They have been equally revered and famous since their lifetimes, but our admiration for them exists mostly in isolation of each other. But in 1504 they competed with each other directly, to paint the walls of a room in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. It is remarkable enough that the same city had produced two such geniuses in the same century -- let alone that they met and exhibited together. But this competition, perhaps the most important event in the history of Renaissance art, the moment at which individual style came to command its own value, has been largely forgotten because the rival works did not survive. This great artistic clash, Jonathan Jones argues in this riveting account, marks the true beginning of the High Renaissance.

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